Defending champion Dean Amos slashed almost two seconds off his own lap record to claim a fourth straight outright title at the 22nd Historic Leyburn Sprints at the weekend.
The Lismore-based racer set a time of 40.5651 sec. in a Gould GR55B single-seater on the sixth of seven runs against the clock around a one-kilometre street course in the Darling Downs township of Leyburn, around 200 kilometres west of Brisbane.
In 1949, Leyburn like every small country town in Australia, was rebuilding after World War 2.
The opportunity to host the Australian Grand Prix on a nearby ex-wartime aerodrome provided a highlight for people throughout the Darling Downs region. Race day on 18 September 1949 still stands as the most populated time in Leyburn’s history and those who attend this year’s 22nd annual historic sprints will appreciate what an amazing occasion it was when 30,000 people descended on a community so small but so welcoming.
Sam Tickell went along to check it out.
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By Sam Tickell August 2017
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